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Middle schoolers receive a handout that lists the five types of context clues. The class divides up into groups of three or four, and each group chooses five unfamiliar words. They write a multiple-choice question for each of their five words. The question must use the word in a sentence, and there must be four answer choices. Groups exchange their questions and try to determine the meanings of the words. Additionally, each group creates a guide to types of context clues that includes a description, and an example of each. They make an electronic presentation, poster, or brochure.
Improve your pupils' reading comprehension by teaching them how to effectively use context clues. There are seven sentences here that contain an underlined word to define using clues. Class members can write their responses and then justify their answer, citing context clues as evidence.
Second graders create dialogue for a comic strip using context clues to match the text to the pictures. They use comic blanks imbedded in this lesson. They write dialogue for each frame. Remind them to use the picture clues when writing their dialogue.
Practice using context clues to determine the meaning of words. While the words in this activity are relatively simple, they will help ease pupils into the process of using context clues. Make the activity stronger by asking class members to explain what specific clues support the meaning they have assigned to each underlined word. What is their rationale for their choice?
How can context clues help your young readers understand material better? Focusing on synonyms and explanations as ways to determine word meaning, this activity encourages your class to find context clues within a sentence. An attached worksheet reinforces the concept.
Fourth graders explore the concept of context clues. In this vocabulary skills lesson, 4th graders participate in a game that challenges them to learn the meaning of unknown words by using context clues.
Students practice identifying the meanings of unknown words using context clues. In this vocabulary lesson, students read sentences which contain an unknown words. They will use the context of the sentence to determine the meaning. 
Sixth graders discuss ways of dealing with unfamiliar words in reading. They use the SMART Board Notebook file and read the definition of a context clue. Students practice looking for synonyms, antonyms, examples experience, and explanation as the five types of context clues. A link to the worksheet is included with the lesson.
Fifth graders understand what the definition is for context clues as the words, phrases, and sentences around the word one does not know. In this language arts lesson, 5th graders review the different kinds of context clues. Students listen to a passage and recognizes which context clues are present.
Teach your third graders how to find the meanings of words using context clues. Using this reading lesson, discuss how readers can find the meaning of a word by using the sentences around it. They then complete a worksheet in which they find the meanings of five nonsense words based on the context of the paragraph.
Context clues are a vital reading skill, as well as a helpful test-taking strategy. A SMART board lesson prompts sixth graders to practice reading different writing examples, using vocabulary terms from the samples to predict what the material is about. They complete several context clue worksheets in class.
In this using synonyms and explanations as context clues, 6th graders read newspaper articles, then answer five comprehension questions using context clues.
Practice context clues in your second grade class with this reading activity about penguin colonies. After reading a passage about penguins and their life cycles, students define words based on their context clues. A worksheet is provided to guide them through the lesson; however, the reading is not included. The instructions and worksheet could be modified to fit any reading.
Students explore the use of context clues and how to use them to help their reading. They discuss synonyms, explanations, and vocabulary words. Students discuss various texts and the context clues they contain.
Practice using context clues to determine the meaning of specific words. Learners read a sentence and write the meaning of the underlined word on the line below each sentence. By practicing this skill, class members will soon be ready to figure out the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases by using context clues while reading in class or at home.
One way you can help your learners with reading comprehension is by teaching them how to use context clues to help them figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words. Here is a resource that asks class members to practice that very skill. Pupils tap into context clues and provide a definition for an underlined word in each sentence.
Ask your pupils to become amateur detectives and use clues to determine the meaning of words. Once they have analyzed the clues, they write the meaning on a provided blank line. If they internalize this process, they can use context clues in any situation. This particular resource does have a typo.
What are the elements of a personal narrative? Get your class talking by reading "The Necklace" and "A Dangerous Game." The lesson focuses primarily on defining certain vocabulary terms (like context clues, plot, conflict, climax, etc.) and identifying components of a text. Unfortunately, no specific questions or prompts are provided for the teacher, just a few paragraphs summarizing what the teacher will discuss. 
Explore point of view and more with a Common Core designed lesson. Pupils experience different points of view by representing one of two characters from Esperanza Rising during a partner discussion. They must use evidence from the text that supports their side during the discussion. But before this, the teacher leads the class through a close reading with text-dependent questions. Small groups are allowed to converse abou each question. The questions ask learners to determine the meaning of words using context clues and examine metaphors. Wrap up the lesson with an exit ticket and a debrief. 
Give this skills-based assessment halfway through your unit on Esperanza Rising. After a brief review, class members take the test, which asks them to show that they know how to analyze the novel independently. They are asked to summarize, discuss the importance of the title, demonstrate knowledge of characterization, make inferences, and determine the meaning of words and phrases using context clues. The test focuses on chapter nine only and class members are permitted to use their books, notes, and evidence flags. Once learners are finished with the test, they participate in a structured seminar on metaphors and themes in small groups. 

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